Three-day anti-polio campaigns will kick off from today (Monday) in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and Balochistan. Children with deficiency will also be given vitamin A capsules during the drive.
In Fata, a total of 1.04 million children, under the age of five, will be vaccinated with oral polio vaccine through 4,272 vaccination teams, comprising 3,889 mobile, 282 fixed and 101 transit teams.
In K-P, around 5.6 million children will be vaccinated against the crippling virus.
The campaign will also be carried out in 74 camps set up for displaced persons as well as Afghan nationals where some 20,000 teams will be vaccinating kids.
The polio immunisation campaign will be held in 30 districts of Balochistan.
The campaign has been initiated in Fata with the support of law enforcing agencies (LEAs) under the supervision of the political administration. Police and LEAs will be providing security to the teams in K-P and Balochistan.
The campaigns will continue from May 15 to 17, 2017 followed by a catch-up drive for the children missed.
Expressing satisfaction over the quality of polio campaigns initiated in 2017, K-P Governor Engineer Iqbal Zafar Jhagra stressed upon sustaining the progress achieved by the programme being run in Fata.
He appreciated the efforts of the emergency operation centre (EOC), civil-political administration, agency health teams and particularly the front line workers in keeping Fata polio-free in 2017.
A statement issued by the Fata Secretariat quoted the governor as saying, “No polio case in Fata over the last 10 months signifies the kind of quality work that the polio teams are doing in this highly-challenging situation.”
He urged the administration and polio teams to ensure that the campaign maintains the same progressive rhythm in May, like it did in the previous months.
Agency health teams and Fata’s EOC have chalked out monitoring plans through which each step of the campaign would be duly monitored and supervised. The campaign, as usual, would be evaluated through independent and neutral monitors.
Reporter. Fata, K-P, Balochistan: Anti-polio drive kicks off today. The Express Tribune, May 15, 2017.